Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 28th Jul 2011 20:50 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless I've kind of painted myself in a corner with that headline, because I never anticipated I would need another preview article for this project. However, thanks to all your comments on both the site and through email, the scope of this project has grown considerably. As part of this growing scope, I'm acquiring more and more devices, and yesterday, I managed to score a phone which, while almost forgotten by most of the rest of the technology press, contained two very important firsts. Not only was this the first phone with a capacitive touch screen, it was also the first phone with an interface design from the ground-up for finger/touch input. Say hello to the LG KE850, better known as the LG Prada.
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RE: Part 2
by Thom_Holwerda on Fri 29th Jul 2011 10:20 UTC in reply to "Part 2"
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Short reply since I'm very busy at the moment: the LG Prada, obviously, isn't the or even a key device in the touch/finger era. It is, however, the first device. There's little to no discussion that the iPhone is the key device in this era.

Comparison: in the pen era, the Newton was the Prada, the Palm Pilot the iPhone.

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RE[2]: Part 2
by henderson101 on Fri 29th Jul 2011 13:03 in reply to "RE: Part 2"
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+ 1 on that.

I remember the Prada, but I remember it being marketed as a ladies phone, in the UK at least. IIRC the "Prada" was related to the clothing brand?

I believe the iPhone UI has more to do with the PalmOS UI (which itself spawned hundreds of duplicates such as Qtopia, Windows Mobile, VT-OS) which was kind of based on the Newton (though the Newton does not have a "launcher" app per se, so that is kind of disrespectful to Palm. The Newton had a pop-up app list that kind of looks lik the the iconic PalmOS 1.x/2.x launcher, and there were tabbed third party launchers for PalmOS 2.x that are a lot like the iOS. Just no dock. The dock is another bone of contention, as both Next *and* Acorn had a dock like element in their OS well before it was a well known feature... arguments begin when ever either side claims the genesis of the idea.

Another PDA you should look for: Vtech Helio - which was an absolute rip off of the Palm devices, but has a completely open source OS and is both cool, geeky and really hard to find at a reasonable price -

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RE[3]: Part 2
by lucas_maximus on Fri 29th Jul 2011 19:29 in reply to "RE[2]: Part 2"
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I remember the Prada, but I remember it being marketed as a ladies phone, in the UK at least. IIRC the "Prada" was related to the clothing brand?

you are correct I remember the adverts.

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